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Five Byram Hills Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Five Byram Hills High School Seniors have been named semifinalists in the 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program for 2021.

The students are Jordyn Bernard, Luke Briody, Talia Dinstein, Jared Ilan, and Kathryn Petlyuk.  

These students were selected among 16,000 semifinalists, nationwide, based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  They will go on to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. 

Over 1.5 million juniors from approximately 21,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents the top 1.25% of United States high school test-takers.

Kristina Wilson, Byram Hills Guidance Department Chairperson, said, "This accomplishment represents years of both an excellent education and outstanding effort on the part of our students.”

“Our school community congratulates these five seniors for being named National Merit Semifinalists,” said Byram Hills Principal, Christopher Walsh.  “These students took the PSAT last October and so much has changed since that time.  I am very happy that they could still be recognized for this accomplishment and for having such a high achievement.”

These five students will have the chance to be considered as finalists for the National Merit Scholarships to be offered in the spring of 2021.

NMSC, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Five Byram Hills Students Named National Merit Semifinalists